Judicial Conduct

Justice written question – answered on 29th February 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the relationship between the Judicial Appointments and Conduct Ombudsman and the Office of Judicial Complaints; and whether there is a duplication between those two offices in relation to judicial conduct.

Photo of Kenneth Clarke Kenneth Clarke The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

Judicial Appointments and Conduct Ombudsman (JACO) are laid out in the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 which created them.

The OJC considers all complaints about Judicial Office holders, including recommendations on disciplinary action against magistrates and tribunal office holders made through local investigations. The JACO considers the process the OJC adopted when handling the complaint, to identify any maladministration with a view to improving complaint handling by the OJC.

The Ombudsman has no remit to consider the original complaint about the judge's conduct, nor can he review the merits of OJC decisions. This separation in each body's remit ensures that there is no duplication between these two offices in relation to judicial conduct.

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